It’s that time of year again – awards time.
Scrolling through my newsfeed this week and I’ve seen a number of agents and business professionals posting of their nominations for “Agent of the Year” or “Business of the Year” or “something of the Year”.
The truth is, it’s great to see recognition when it comes to business, because I know just how hard all of us work. And we deserve to be recognised.
We don’t get to where we are by sitting around, giving bad service and just being crap at what we do. So the reality is that if a business, business owner or industry professional is recognised as a high achiever through an award process, then it’s typically warranted in some respect.
But for me, I’ll never win the award.
Because I don’t enter.
I’ve been nominated for a few awards over the years, but I’ve never followed through with the submission.
Back in the early days of my career it made sense to put myself forth for industry awards and recognition and I remember a time in 2005 when I was nominated for a local business award.
My real estate agency had been operating for just over a year and seemingly we were kicking some goals at the time and one of our clients had nominated us.
I was super excited and after going through the rigorous application process and then the interview process which consumed an incredible amount of my time, (not to mention was very stressful), I was silently disappointed to be sitting at the awards dinner to hear someone else’s name called.
Yes I was disappointed, but at the end of the day, I reminded myself that not winning was not a sign that I was bad in business.
It just meant that someone had ticked more boxes than me on the day and the judging panel had a job to do.
Were they a better business owner than me? Maybe. More committed? Possibly. Had better results than me? Who knows.
But at the end of the day, did it really matter?